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Computing - Applied Cyber Security

Overview

Information Technology is one of Ireland's most important economic sectors and the Dublin region has a significant concentration of IT multinationals and through its successes in the IT sector, Ireland has built an enviable international reputation as a technology center that is leveraged to attract investment to other sectors.

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) have a very successful course leading to the award of a Master of Science in Computing in Applied Cyber Security degree.

The 90 credits NFQ level 9 masters programme will be made up of a taught component and a research project component. The emphasis of the programme is on applied skills with modules designed with the collaboration of industry and academia and where possible, modules will include content from industry certifications.

The Masters in Applied Cyber Security is designed to produce highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates to counter the cyber security threat. This course focuses on developing hands-on skills backed by theoretical knowledge. An essential part of the master's degree is the creation of a body of work presented as a thesis which demonstrates ability in research methods, analytics and report writing. The graduates of this programme will be independent learners, good problem solvers and experienced researchers.

Students on this MSc in Applied Cyber Security will also have the opportunity to take part in Capture-the Flag competitions and through their course work, engage with real world problems with companies so that graduates from the programme have the necessary skills to make a difference in the work place.

Who Should Apply for the MSc in Computing at ITB?

The courses are suitable for both entrants to a new discipline that require a broader range of taught modules to familiarize themselves with the skills and knowledge of the discipline and for specialist employees who want to up-skill in their specialist areas and require research skills.

MSc in Computing programme is of particular value to holders of a primary degree in computing, IT, or equivalent, working as IT professionals. It is also of value to individuals with a computing degree background who wish to develop their career towards working within a research-oriented environment at a postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for standard entrants to the Master of Science in Computing is 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a Bachelor of Science in Computing (level 8) course, or equivalent.

Students progressing through the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (BN509) who wish to enter the M.Sc. in Computing must attain a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5) on the course.

In the event of a student not attaining this standard level , students must achieve an acceptable standard for progression by other means approved by QQI.

The acceptance of candidates with third class honours degrees and appropriate work experience and industrial certification on this course will be allowed provided there is evidence that the candidate can cope with the learning objectives of the course.

Candidates may be interviewed to assess their suitability to undertake the level of work required and to assess their commitment to succeeding on the Masters Programme.

Duration

2 years (4 Semesters)

Schedule: Online - Tuesday and Thursday 6.00pm -10.00pm

Number of credits

Credits for Full Award: 90 @ NFQ Level 9.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Applied Cyber Security will give the skills and knowledge to secure business and personal data and allow graduates to work as security professionals in any of the business and industry sectors.

Former graduates from the Cyber Security programmes at ITB currently work in Deloitte, Integrity360, Fidelity Investiments, Triology, Forcepoint, Rits, Espion, BH-Consulting, Liberty IT, Cobalt Technology, Ward Solutions and larger international companies like Qualcomm, IBM, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Ericsson, Zurick Insurance and many more.

ITB is also part of Information Security Ireland (ISI) - a central force in the field of Information Security promoting interaction with technology firms, research institutes, academia & government. http://www.infosecurityireland.org/

Further enquiries

For further details please contact the marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail: info@itb.ie.

Subjects taught

Year 1 Semester 1

•Digital Forensics
• Secure Communications & Cryptography

Year 1 Semester 2

•Network Security
•Cyber Crime Malware

Year 2 Semester 3

•Business Continuity Management
• Research Skills & Ethics

Year 2 Semester 4

•MSc Research Project

Note: Students must complete 6 modules and a thesis. All Modules are 10 ECTS Credits. The MSc Research Project is 30 ECTS Credits. The order of Module Delivery may differ from the listing above.

An award of 'Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Computing' may be granted if learners leave this programme having completed 6 taught modules and attained 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Comment

This programme is part-funded by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet through Skillnet Ireland. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

For further information see www.ictskillnet.ie

Course fee

Fee: €2,250 per year
*Part-funded by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet*

Enrolment and start dates

Contact the college for the next start date.

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